I didn't want to come across as a journalist or anything so I didn't take pics. I can tell you Chay Cooper is a very fine gentleman and a pleasure to have met. (I also got a glimpse of Ron Rider when he came by to bid Chay farewell, bonus). There were roughly 20 shoes (only one foot displayed) in a very artful array along 3 tables, each atop a merlot colored shoe bag and bearing a tag with the model name, last and color. Chay said he'd rushed to finish them for the trip but I couldn't find any area that was lax on any of them. I was tempted to order every pair right there on the spot. Chay took time out to measure my feet and take a tracing, much the way the folks at Springline would when designing a custom last. (no more guessing about my size!) We then ironed out the details of the two shoes I would order. There were so many nice shoes I was still undecided so I called Chay after returning to my office & decided to create an entirely new shoe (a hybrid of the two I'd ordered) which shall be named after me according to Chay. The best part is he gave me a glimpse of the shoe box that the handgrade line will come in and it's nothing short of spectacular. For those of you that missed this, you truly missed out on a great opportunity to meet a very fine man, and see some of his creations.
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3/3/10 at 5:10pm